Parents of kids with foot, ankle, and heel injuries often bring their kids to the pediatrician or the emergency room first, but they still need to follow up with a podiatrist. With extensive experience in foot and ankle therapies, podiatrists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat foot problems in young people through examination and imaging beyond basic x-rays, which don’t always reveal the cause of the pain.
Preparation and recognition of warning signs can help prevent or reduce the severity of the foot, ankle or heel pain. Supportive shoes are a must, but it’s not always obvious when to switch shoes or adapt them for the best fit. Consider these guidelines:
- For heel pain, use inserts to raise the heel, especially in flat-footed cleats.
- Discard shoes that caused pain. Don’t use them for another sport.
- Wear well constructed shoes designed for specific sports.
- Replace cleats often because they are not supportive shoes.
- Don’t skip warm-up or cool-down exercises. Stretching helps prevent heel pain, especially when sports call for explosive sprints that pull suddenly on tendons.
Several things should tip parents off that their child needs attention, including limping, complaining, walking on toes, and pain the morning after a game. Parents should never push their children to play when their feet hurt, even if it is “the big game.” Foot pain is never normal and you should never play when you are in pain.
If you are interested in a foot examination, the podiatrists’ at North Eastern Ohio Podiatry Group, LLC can help provide the best advice and options.